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Writers (WGA):
Geoffrey Douglas (book)
Angelo Pizzo (written by)
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Release Date:
26 August 2005 (South Korea) See more »
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The match against England in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 19, 1950 was "the game of their lives". See more »
Plot:
Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 US soccer team who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no US team has ever won a World Cup title, this story is about the family traditions and passions which shaped the lives of the players who made up this team of underdogs. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Gerard Butler ... Frank Borghi

Wes Bentley ... Walter Bahr

Jay Rodan ... Frank 'Pee Wee' Wallace

Gavin Rossdale ... Stanley Mortensen

Costas Mandylor ... Charlie 'Gloves' Columbo

Louis Mandylor ... Gino Pariani

Zachery Ty Bryan ... Harry Keough (as Zachery Bryan)

Jimmy Jean-Louis ... Joe Gaetjens

Richard Jenik ... Joe Maca
Nelson Vargas ... John 'Clarkie' Souza
Craig Hawksley ... Walter Giesler

Bill Smitrovich ... Admiral Higgins

Patrick Stewart ... Older Dent McSkimming

Terry Kinney ... Dent McSkimming

John Rhys-Davies ... Bill Jeffrey (as John Rhys Davies)

Maria Bertrand ... Rosemary Borghi
Marilyn Dodds Frank ... Fara Borghi
Thomas Charles Simmons ... Joe Calcaterra (as Thomas C. Simmons)

Julie Granata ... Janet Capiello

Mike Bacarella ... Silvio Capiello
Tia Marrie ... Alma Flores (as Tia Marie)
Ricardo Gutierrez ... Salvador Flores

Mike Nussbaum ... Johnny Abruzzo
Brooke Edwards ... Fiora Abruzzo
Nino Da Silva ... Eddie Sousa
John Harkes ... Ed McIlvenny
Sal E. Polizzi ... The Priest (as Rev. Msgr. Sal E. Polizzi)
Adriana Fazio ... The Widow

Deborah Corday ... Woman
S.G. Stratigos ... Referee (Simpkins)

Tom Brainard ... Lieutenant Austin
Gus V. Torregrossa ... The Barber of the Hill

Joe Erker ... "Chubby" Lyons
Derk Droze ... Bobby Annis
Brad Coburn ... Bobby Ravisi
Amanda Kennedy ... Adriana Ravisi
Tim Vickery ... BBC Announcer World Cup Game
Darren Michael Marold ... Simpkins Player
Whitney Wheelock ... Goalie
Sean Wheelock ... Sportscaster
Walter Bahr ... Himself
Frank Borghi ... Himself
Harry Keough ... Himself
Gino Pariani ... Himself
John Souza ... Himself (as John 'Clarkie' Souza)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jaxon Stanford ... NY Press Photographer

Stephen Alexander ... Sideline Cameraman (uncredited)

James E. Ash ... All-Star Game Head Referee (uncredited)

Patrick Belics ... Grocery Delivery Boy (uncredited)

Vanna Bonta ... Italian Bride (uncredited)
Ian Carrington ... English Coach (uncredited)

Shawn I. Chevalier ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Bryan Deehring ... Soccer Player #1 (uncredited)
Kenn Drescher ... Reporter (uncredited)

Pamela Fischer ... Woman in Press Box (uncredited)

Rosemary Garris ... Fan (uncredited)
Todd Gwin ... Intense Fan (uncredited)

Rick Kain ... Referee (uncredited)
Paul Lancia ... Simpkins #11 (uncredited)
Brenna McDonough ... Woman in Press Box (uncredited)
Rob Miley ... Simpkins #14 (uncredited)
Alex Moore ... Sports Reporter (uncredited)
Sarah Maria Newman ... Wedding Singer (uncredited)
Candace Nicol ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Chelsea O'Toole ... Soccer Fan (uncredited)

Eddie Perino ... Supporting (uncredited)
Patrick Rooney ... Jeremy Wellfleet (uncredited)

Riley Schmidt ... Simpkins Ford Soccer Player (uncredited)
Dave Schuetz ... Spectator at the Fence (uncredited)

Gary Sedlock ... St. Louis Spectator Behind Coaches / Spectator in New York (uncredited)

Deborah S. Smith ... Soccer Player Wife (uncredited)

Tymica Spiller ... Spectator (uncredited)

Towanda Underdue ... Soccer Player Wife (uncredited)
Jani Vorwerk ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Anspaugh 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Geoffrey Douglas (book)

Angelo Pizzo (written by)

Produced by
Howard Baldwin .... producer
Karen Elise Baldwin .... producer (as Karen Baldwin)
Ira Deutchman .... co-producer
Tereza Gonzalez .... executive producer
Olivia Guimaraes .... line producer: Brazil (as Olívia Guimarães Castro)
Kevin Halloran .... line producer: Washington, D.C.
Billy Higgins .... line producer
William J. Immerman .... executive producer
Greg Johnson .... producer
Nick Morton .... co-producer
Peter Newman .... producer
Ginger T. Perkins .... producer
Angelo Pizzo .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
William Ross 
 
Cinematography by
Johnny E. Jensen (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ian Crafford 
Lee Grubin 
Bud S. Smith  (as Bud Smith)
M. Scott Smith  (as Scott Smith)
 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich  (as Cathy Sandrich Gelfond)
 
Production Design by
Linda Burton 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Atwell 
 
Set Decoration by
David Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Jane Anderson 
 
Makeup Department
Sherri Bramlett .... key hair stylist: Washington, D.C.
Deborah K. Dee .... key makeup artist (as Deborah Dee)
Barbara Lacy .... makeup dept head: D.C.
Maria Lucia Mattos .... hair stylist: Brazil (as Maria Lúcia Mattos)
Vicky Phillips .... key hair stylist
Vavá Torres .... makeup artist: Brazil
Adruitha Lee .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Theresa Miller .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Eileen Sazama .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Billy Higgins .... unit production manager
Anne Johns .... production supervisor: Brazil
Lisa Dennis Kennedy .... post-production supervisor
Joel C. Peterson .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Ferro .... first assistant director: Washington D.C.
Anne Pinheiro Guimarães .... first assistant director
Stephanie Lovell .... second second assistant director: Washington, DC
Tatiana Maciel .... second second assistant director
Bradley Morris .... second second assistant director
Barbara M. Ravis .... second assistant director
Rafael Salgado .... second assistant director
Stacy Schrader .... dga trainee
Gigi Soares .... second assistant director
Chris Stoia .... first assistant director
Kurt Uebersax .... second assistant director: Washington DC
 
Art Department
Chris Benson .... on-set dresser
Cat Cacciatore .... property assistant
Mike Carrillo .... property master
Benjamin Edelberg .... set designer
Daniel Flaksman .... stand-by art director
Greg Goad .... set dresser
Isabel Gouvêa .... art producer
Amy Graham .... set dresser
Juliana Guedes .... art department assistant
Emily Haack .... on-set props assistant
Daniel Hirsh .... art department intern
Brent Jaimes .... set dresser
Scott Jenkins .... graphic artist
Bobby Kirk .... set dresser
Paul Knubley .... set dresser
Oswaldo Lioi .... set designer
Tiago Marques Teixeira .... assistant set designer
David McCahan .... swing gang
Scot Terry .... conceptual artist
William Tonn .... set dresser
Jim Tudor .... set dresser
Pedro von Tiesenhausen .... assistant property master
Michele Waldfogel .... art department coordinator: St Louis
Michele Waldfogel .... clearance and research
Clark Woodman .... assistant property master
Kelsey Lapoint .... on-set painter (uncredited)
Renata Otomura .... assistant art department coordinator (uncredited)
Chris Shader .... on-set props assistant (uncredited)
David Tennenbaum .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor
Mike Chock .... supervising sound editor
Robert Eber .... production sound mixer (as Bob Eber)
Avram D. Gold .... dialog & adr editor
Doc Kane .... adr mixer
Shawn Ian Kerkhoff .... assistant sound editor
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist
Robert Morrisey .... assistant sound editors
Rob Nokes .... additional sound recordist
Rob Nokes .... voiceover recordist
Ralph Osborn .... adr editor
Erin Michael Rettig .... sound engineer
Kira Roessler .... adr supervisor
Nick Shaffer .... sound effects recordist
Andy Sisul .... assistant sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
David Williams .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Mauricio Couto Bevilaqua .... special effects technician
Lisa Reynolds .... special effects assistant
Bob Shelley .... special effects coordinator
Dave Rutherford .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Corpus .... technical operations manager: Pacific Title and Art Studio
Brian Hanable .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title
Nicky Ladas .... IT manager
Nicky Ladas .... film scanner operator
Kim Pearce .... senior systems administrator
Sérgio Schmid .... visual effects supervisor
David Stump .... visual effects supervisor
James D. Tittle .... visual effects coordinator: Pacific Title
Bob Wiatr .... digital effects compositor: Pacific Title
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nicolas Amato .... electrician
Bill Brao .... camera operator
Antonio Marcos Cardoso .... electrician
Thomas S. Ciciura .... assistant camera: St. Louis
Jason Cleaveland .... grip
Dan Gartner .... rigging electrician
Lonnie S. Gatlin .... best boy electric
Lonnie S. Gatlin .... rigging gaffer
James Goldman .... film loader
Ted Gregg .... electrician
Ted Gregg .... grip
Tim Hawn .... rigging grip
Marty Hechinger .... electrician
Tim Hennessy .... camera loader: Washington D.C.
Scott Inge .... first assistant camera: "b" camera: Washington D.C.
John Johnson .... still photographer
Bob E. Krattiger .... gaffer
Dave Kube .... rigging electrician
Trevor Loomis .... key first assistant camera
Ulisses Malta Jr. .... electrician
David L. Merrill .... key grip
Charles 'Chaz' Norcross .... best boy grip
Alexandre Ramos .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Adam Reisz .... grip
Eric Ritter .... gang boss
Scott Ronnow .... second assistant camera
Martina Rupp .... second assistant camera
David D. Scott .... video engineer
John Sennott .... electrician
Paulo Souza .... gaffer
Jack Thomas .... gang boss
Gisele Tolomelli .... grip translator
Jerry Wheat .... electrician
William D. Wynn .... dolly grip
Matt Zschoche .... electrician
R. Samul .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... additional casting: Chicago
Ruy Brito .... additional casting: Brazil
Sig De Miguel .... casting associate: US
Carrie Houk .... additional casting: St. Louis (as Carrie Houck)
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... voice casting (as Caitlin McKenna)
Olivia Rabacov .... additional casting: Brazil
Mônica Teixeira .... additional casting: Brazil (as Monica Teixeira)
Wendy Weidman .... casting associate: US
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tony Cusumano .... production assistant: costumes, St. Louis
Deb Dalton .... costume supervisor: Washington D.C.
Erin Haigh .... costume department intern
Jennifer Losi .... costume production assistant
Elaine McGhee .... set costumer
Robin Roberts .... key costumer
Roric Ruegsegger .... costume assistant
Michael A. Russell .... costume supervisor
Cricket Vandover .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Jason Bretz .... assistant editor
Anthony Durazzo .... assistant editor
David Orr .... color timer
Mike Sowa .... digital color timer
Jeff Williams .... assistant editor
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bruce Babcock .... orchestrator
Johnny Caruso .... music editor
Lindsay Fellows .... music supervisor
Mark Graham .... music librarian
Jim Harrison .... music editor
Lesley Langs .... music editor: temp
Mark McKenzie .... orchestrator
Christopher S. Parker .... music supervisor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
 
Transportation Department
Dan 'the Mayor' Cowden .... transportation
Glenn Korbesmeyer .... driver: transportation department
Tom Phillips .... transportation operations
 
Other crew
Julia Berreto Kos .... assistant: David Anspaugh, Brazil
Kristine Bochum .... second assistant accountant: post-production
Rebecca Bossen .... dialect coach
Tom Brainard .... soccer player coordinator
Ilana Brakarz .... production assistant
Trisha Burton .... script supervisor
Clara Cardoso .... production intern
Caryn Cheever .... co-first assistant accountant
Tony Cypres .... assistant accountant: Rio de Janeiro
Neil Daly .... athletic instructor
Cris De Arce .... set key production assistant
Larry Donahue .... caterer
Cindy Duarte .... location assistant
Missy Eustermann .... post-production accountant
Gino Falla .... assistant accountant
Stuart Fink .... publicist
Patrick Fisher .... production assistant
Scott Foster .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Michael Frisella .... production assistant
Kenny Gallagher .... second assistant accountant
Raul Guterres .... production executive
John Harkes .... additional soccer consultant and coach
Amy Hartweger .... production assistant
Keith Hueffmeier .... location department intern
Anne Johns .... production coordinator: St. Louis, MO
C. David Jones .... key set production assistant
Ricardo Karam .... production assistant
Daniel V. Kinkade .... location manager
Drew Langer .... production assistant
Rick Larsen .... soccer trainer
Heather Midgley .... assistant: David Anspaugh, USA
Tom Nicoll .... production assistant
Tony Niknejadi .... production assistant
Matthew Dillon Noonan .... location assistant
Rosemary Orlando .... assistant production coordinator
Bill Parmentier .... location assistant
Patrick Tendai Pfupajena .... production assistant: Washington D.C.
Stephanie Raven .... massage therapist
Vicki Dee Rock .... production executive
Bryan Schmidt .... production assistant: locations
Anne Scott .... first assistant accountant
Andrew J. Stratmann .... production assistant
Steve Theiss .... office production assistant
Lynda Van Damm .... production controller
Drew Vandervelde .... production coordinator: Washington D.C.
Matthew Vitel .... cook
Johnny Weeston .... accounting assistant
Eric Wynalda .... soccer consultant and coach
Jonathan Zurer .... producer: Washington D.C.
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Miracle Match" - USA (alternative title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements
Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The US captain for this game was Scotsman Ed McIlvenny not American Walter Bahr.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Big Break (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Meu BemSee more »

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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A Victory for Game of Their Lives, 23 April 2005
Author: JenUF

First and foremost, I'm hardly a soccer expert and barely a soccer fan so this commentary comes strictly from a movie fan and a fan who enjoys critiquing films. That said, I found The Game of Their Lives to be a solid film. It's a product of the same mind that brought us "Rudy" and "Hoosiers" and one can expect similar results. It tells the tale of the 1950 US World Cup team that shockingly beat England (though did not win the World Cup itself) It begins in St Louis, providing backgrounds and insight into the lives and families of the St Louisians who later will be on the World Cup Team.

Strong performances from Wes Bentley and Gerard Butler lead this film to the final victory. Bentley and Butler portray the leaders of the team (Walter Bahr and Frank Borghi, respectively) with likability and believability. The supporting cast that rounds out the team also turn out performances that will keep you involved with wanting to route for this team. Don't expect an electric atmosphere, however, as this story is told from a reporter reminiscing.

The Game of Their Lives offers character development for the team members without ever straying from the subject at hand. Through their actions on and off the field, the audience can get a taste for who these men were. Much homage and respect is also deservingly paid to England for their magnificent history in the sport. This is not one of those ports films that serves to make the United States seem over glorious and under mind the greatness of England, as many assume it will. I for one walked away from this film with a greater respect for England and what they've done, and continue to do, for the sport

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